Visualizing Sentences

This semester, my English Grammar students have been reading, among other texts, Florey’s Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog, a nice cultural history/memoir of sentence diagramming.

Books for 2015 Spring

Yesterday, I asked them to get in groups of three, to invent their own visual representation of sentence diagramming, and to apply that system to three sentence types:  a simple sentence with an introductory phrase, a compound sentence, and a complex sentence.  I also asked them to include a legend that would explain their diagramming system.   Here below are some photos of students at work, as well as a few very creative systems.  They pulled this off in only about 45 minutes.